Admittedly I should have written this some time ago. I am in the heart of the big city, and although there is an airport with general aviation nearby its not really a good use of my time to fly. And … Continue reading Flight test
Since I had ignored everyone’s advice on taking the written test before the flight test, I was in the awkward position of having told everyone that I’d passed my flight test but that I still didn’t have my licence. After explaining this situation to three or four people I started to get a bit embarrassed and resolved to get the written test done. Although Transport Canada does provide a private pilot written test study guide online, it’s pretty vague and still leaves you with the task of hunting through source material. Instead I bought the 2013 Private Pilot Exam Guide … Continue reading Written test!
Early in the training – after an introduction to controlling the airplane on the ground, controlling the airplane’s orientation to the horizon (Nose up, nose down, banked left, banked right – its “attitude”), flying straight and level, climbing, descending, and … Continue reading Low and over (Or, learning to land by not landing)
The other day a friend asked me if I could fly through clouds. The short answer is no. It is in fact illegal for me to even get within 500 feet vertically of a cloud, and 1 mile horizontally. In the air a solid layer looks like thick grey cotton candy. Clouds obscure vision. If you can’t see the ground you can’t tell which way is up without the help of a gyroscope (The artificial horizon). To fly safely and legally with these instruments in clouds you need another 40 hours of training, at least. What is flying in clouds … Continue reading Clouds
Transport Canada has a series of posters promoting aviation safety. Some of them are surprisingly chilling. Here are a few: “VFR flight into adverse weather can be deadly – It’s better to arrive a little late in this world, than … Continue reading Oddly chilling Transport Canada posters
On my solo cross country I took the same route – Ottawa – Kingston – Brockville – Ottawa. It was another beautiful summer day, with clear blue skies above us. In the distance there were some puffy clouds, where, had … Continue reading Solo cross country … bumpity bump
The Canadian curriculum for flight training requires the student to a flight of minimum 150 nautical miles (278 kms) with 2 full stop landings other than the departure airport. In my case I flew from Ottawa to Kingston to Brockville and … Continue reading Dual cross country – or, a mini adventure with help